Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead picks CDs, books and a DVD for the jazz lover on your list this holiday season. His selections include a book of Sonny Rollins photographs and music from the first season of the HBO series Treme.
The venerable children's TV show celebrates its 40th anniversary on Nov. 10, with a demonstration from First Lady Michelle Obama on how to plant your own vegetable garden. The late Jeff Moss, one of the program's co-creators, talked to Terry Gross in 1998; we'll listen back to excerpts from that conversation.
Radio and television writer Sherwood Schwartz. Schwartz began writing for radio on the Bob Hope Show in 1939. When television came along, Schwartz wrote for such comedy hit shows as "The Red Skelton Show," and "My Favorite Martian." He won an Emmy Award for his comedy writing from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 1963 Sherwood created, wrote and produced the hit series "Gilligan's Island." He was also responsible for “The Brady Bunch.” (REBROADCAST FROM 8/26/88)
We remember Jeff Moss, one of the original creators and writers of "Sesame Street." He died Thursday, at the age of 56, from colon cancer. Moss created Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch, and wrote such songs as "Rubber Ducky" and "People in Your Neighborhood." He won 14 Emmy's, four Grammy's, and an Acacdemy Award nomination for his work on "Sesame Street" and with the Muppets. Moss was also the author of books for children, including "Hieronymus White: A Bird Who Believed That He Always Was Right" (REBROADCAST from 11/30/94)
Jazz musician Bob Dorough, musical director of the 1970s educational TV series, "School House Rock" and composer of the popular song "Three is a magic number". The CD, "Schoolhouse Rock Rocks", was released with contemporary artists such as Blind Melon, Lemonheads and Pavement, playing the old songs. Also, "School House Rock: The Official Guide". (Hyperion Books) by the creators of the series, Tom Yohe and George Newall. Dorough's latest CD is "Right On My Way Home" (Blue Note) (REBROADCAST from 5/9/96)
INT. 2: (a) Syndicated cartoonist Matt Groening. Terry talked with him as he was about to launch his animated cartoon family "The Simpsons." Before that he was best known for his strip, "Life is Hell," which appeared in alternative papers around the country. (Rebroadcast of 9/9/1987)
Jeff Moss was one of the original creators and writers of "Sesame Street." He created Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch, and wrote such songs as "Rubber Ducky" and "People in Your Neighborhood." He has won 13 Emmy's, four Grammy's, and an Oscar nomination for his work on "Sesame Street" and with the Muppets. Moss is also the author of four books for children, the newest of which is "Hieronymus White: A Bird Who Believed That He Always Was Right." (Rebroadcast from 11/30/1994).